If you would like to access a publicly funded assessment, you should book an appointment with your GP...
If you would like to access a publicly funded assessment, you should book an appointment with your GP, to request a referral. If you are already seeing a specialist for other reasons, you may wish to raise the matter with them first.
It would be helpful if the GP you see has an understanding of ASD. Consider taking along a copy of the “does this person has ASD” quick card, as it may be a helpful guide when discussing characteristics that you think apply to you. Alternatively, you may like to refer to the characteristics of autism mentioned on this website.
Your GP may be able to refer you to an ASD-experienced psychologist or psychiatrist. Otherwise they can send a referral to the appropriate local mental health service. Although autism is not a mental health condition, it can be diagnosed by psychologists or psychiatrists who work for the mental health service.
Click here for a Ministry of Health and Education resource to help identify autism spectrum disorder: How is ASD diagnosed?
Click here for a the Ministry of Health New Zealand Autism Spectrum Guidelines
The above quick card “Does this person have ASD” is also available in the following languages: Maori, Cook Island Maori, Samoan and Tongan.